This page is devoted to establishing a classroom climate that supports student learning by exploring questions such as:

"If [students] are unresponsive, maybe you can't teach them yet, but you can love them. And if you love them today, maybe you can teach them tomorrow.... I think that is totally within our power. None of that is dependent upon them. We can love them from start to finish, and miracles will happen" —Jeffrey R. Holland (Love Those You Teach, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

More Classroom Management Resources

Bulletin Boards

A Brief Tour of My TPRS Classroom - Helpful blog post illustrated with photos

- Outlines key elements of a successful bulletin board - chericem1 chericem1

Classroom Displays & Bulletin Boards - An award-winning blog devoted to collecting ideas for bulletin boards and displays - chericem1 chericem1

Flickr photostream of Classroom displays- CarrieEGold CarrieEGold

Extras for the Clase - Classroom expressions miniposters and student help sheet. What I like: the visual is associated with the graphic. What I don't like: the quality of some of the graphics is poor (especially on the poster size - they don't scale well) and the translation is not really necessary on the student sheet. I think there may be alternative graphics that could be used. That said, the idea is solid. - ckendall ckendall

Ideas for Bulletin Boards - An extensive list of the kinds of materials you might wish to consider incorporating into your bulletin board displays, along with links to examples - chericem1 chericem1

Ideas for Bulletin Boards & Related Assignments - Suggestions for using bulletin boards as teaching tools - chericem1 chericem1

Classroom Climate

A Brief Tour of My TPRS Classroom - Helpful blog post illustrated with photos

A Charla Life - My Classroom - A great blog post that consists primarily of photos that show a middle school Spanish teacher's routines and procedures - chericem1 chericem1

Age Characteristics of Children - Brief explanation of the typical behaviors of children in a church context, divided by age (from 18 months to 11 years old) from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Classroom Management: A Positive Approach - Outlines key principles and provides links to many character education resources - chericem1 chericem1

Code d'Honneur

Establishing a Climate for Learning - This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center contains links to a plethora of practical strategies and materials that teachers can use to help them become better classroom managers. - chericem1 chericem1

Supporting Our Students - This newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center outlines some key factors that contribute to breakdowns in student learning and contains links to ideas, resources, and materials for addressing them - chericem1 chericem1

Good News with a twist! - lucasme2 lucasme2

Classroom Management

Annotated List of Articles, Books, & Other Classroom Management-Related Resources

- A graphic organizer based on the cultural triangle from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning designed to help student teachers consider the issue of blame in education - chericem1 chericem1

- A graphic organizer designed to summarize key concepts and principles of classroom management, offer an overview of thoughts on classroom management through quotations on the subject, and a reference list for further reading - chericem1 chericem1

- A simple technique for intervening and redirecting student misbehavior without derailing the momentum of the class - chericem1 chericem1

- A series of questions (for use with the game Snowballs) that are designed to help student teachers think about issues of classroom management in preparation for a large group discussion - chericem1 chericem1

- A chart designed to help teachers think more carefully about what breaks down in their classrooms, how, why, and the potential interventions that might imply - chericem1 chericem1

Why Forgiveness is a Powerful Classroom Management Strategy

Classroom Set-up

A Brief Tour of My TPRS Classroom - Helpful blog post illustrated with photos

A Charla Life - My Classroom - A great blog post that consists primarily of photos that show a middle school Spanish teacher's routines and procedures - chericem1 chericem1

Classroom Architect - Use this website to help you visualize different arrangements of furniture in your classroom - chericem1 chericem1

Interactive Classroom Maps - Drag and drop to help yourself visualize the arrangement of furniture in your classroom. Explore the other tools too--there are lots of good ones! - chericem1 chericem1

Suggestions for Classroom Set-up - Basic suggestions re: classroom set-up for beginning teachers - chericem1 chericem1

Tools for Classroom Set-up

  • Hooks - Most craft stores, hardware stores, and teacher supply stores sell little plastic hooks with adhesive material on the back. You can also find them in the bathroom or laundry section of stores like Target. Attach them in strategic locations to hold flip charts of emergency procedures, your keys (so that you always know where to look for them if you choose not to "wear" them with you instead of having to dig under piles of papers to find them), signs that change frequently (such as club activities), etc.

  • Magnets - Many chalkboards and whiteboards are magnetic. Magnets are a great way to display materials without damaging the boards or the materials! Be sure to get "heavy duty" magnets--available at craft stores or hardware stores. The "clip magnets" are especially useful for displaying large posters.
Magnetic tape is also really great and multi-functional. It can be used on big flashcards or posters to be put up onto the board
or for things like vocabulary of the day or manipulatives. Then, these cards can be saved and whipped out whenever needed.
- decortem decortem

  • Tape - Only use masking tape on chalkboards, walls, and whiteboards. Scotch tape will damage the surfaces.

  • Velcro - A fabulous tool! Run a strip (the scratchy piece) along the chalk tray of your chalkboard so that you can quickly post and remove flashcards, posters, and visual aids. (This means, of course, that you'll need to make sure you use a piece or two of the soft side at the tops of all of your pictures.) You can also use it to anchor things like kitchen timers to your slanted podium, to attach overhead transparency pens to the cart that holds your overhead (so you'll always have one handy), or to hold heavy things to cinderblock walls in classrooms where the temperature varies widely from day to day. The black Velcro seems to stick better than the white or tan Velcro, and it doesn't generally damage the paint as long as you peel it off carefully. Alternate the soft sides and the sticky sides so that when you go to put the material up again the next year, you'll use the 2 strips of Velcro evenly. Velcro can be expensive, even at craft stores. However, you can buy a large box of it for around $5-7 at Sam's Club. - chericem1 chericem1

See also: First Days of School, For Beginning Teachers, Instructional Strategies, Special Needs, Staying in the Target Language, Substitutes

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